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Celebrate World Gin Day with 6 Gin Recipes You Can Try at Home

Celebrate World Gin Day with 6 Gin Recipes You Can Try at Home

Surprisingly but fortunately, the world actually celebrates the annual Gin Day on the second Saturday in June. Since World Gin Day falls on June 11 this year, let’s challenge ourselves with these beginner gin recipes.

Started by Neil Houston in 2009, the idea was to simply celebrate the juniper spirit with all the friends who love gin. Over the years, the sentiment has reached more people, who have brought their friends and loved ones together to enjoy this day with refreshing gin cocktails, the classic gin and tonic, or drinking it neat. In addition, many bars online and offline organize special events and activities to celebrate World Gin Day.

In fact, the versatile spirit can always be enjoyed either way – as an after-work drink or as a perfect pre-meal drink. You can mix it with other spirits like vodka, combine it with any meal or snack like soft Camembert cheese or spice it up with interesting ingredients to make classic cocktails.

To make things easier, we’ve outlined some gin cocktail recipes — from Krungthep to Gin Basil Smash — that will have you grabbing the bottle right away. On this World Gin Daychannel the inner bartender in you and surprise your loved ones.

Let the party begin.

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Here are some gin cocktail recipes you can try

Krung Thep

Krungthep’s real name – Krungthepmahanakhon Amornrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharat Ratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphiman Awatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit — is one of the longest in cocktail history. The actual name was the old name of Bangkok.

This signature drink comes from a Brooklyn bar called Qi Thai Grill, and it’s reminiscent of one of Thailand’s vibrant flavors – floral, fruity, sour and spicy, with a hint of Thai heat.

To make this flavorful drink, you’ll need gin, vodka, fresh lime juice, Thai iced tea, guava juice, ginger syrup, and star anise.

Mix star anise, lime juice and ginger syrup in a shaker. Follow with the rest of the ingredients and ice, and shake well. Strain into cocktail glasses. Pour guava juice to the top and serve chilled.

Limoncello Collins

It’s inspired by the traditional Tom Collins, but limoncello makes it more refreshing and slightly tart. The Italian lemon-based vodka comes from southern Italy and is the most popular liqueur in Italy after Campari. When added to the cocktail, it imparts a sweet and citrusy taste.

This refreshing cocktail is made with limoncello, gin, lemon juice, club soda, and ice. Simply combine all ingredients, except club soda, in glasses full of ice. Then pour the soda to the brim and stir well.

Garnish with lemon wedges, lime wedges or fresh mint. Serve immediately.

Gin Basil Smash

Easy to prepare, Gin Basil Smash is one of the most popular summer gin cocktails. The juniper-rich gin works well with basil and makes for a refreshing drink. It is a modern take on Whiskey Smash and was first created as ‘Gin Pesto’ by Jörg Meyer in 2008.

The ingredients for this light green colored cocktail are gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and basil leaves.

Put some fresh basil leaves, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to release the flavors of the basil. Then add some gin and ice and shake well for ten seconds or until the cocktail is diluted. However, make sure to keep the mix refrigerated.

Strain the cocktail into highball glasses filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of basil before serving.

Gin Cucumber Lemonade

Gin Cucumber Lemonade is definitely a must try at your next house party! It tastes sweet like fruit flavored drinks. And the gin gives it a fresh and different texture.

To make this simple yet refreshing gin cocktail, all you need is fresh lemon juice, simple or sugar syrup, club soda, and thinly sliced ​​cucumbers.

Pour the gin, lemon juice and syrup into a cocktail shaker and shake well until foamy. Now strain into glasses filled with ice cubes. Top it off with soda water.

You can garnish the drink with some cucumber slices or a lime wedge before serving.

Rosé Spritz

Adding Bubbly rosé to this gin and white wine cocktail gives it a unique edge. While it blends wonderfully with the complex texture of the spirit and crunchy palate of the wine, the lemon zest adds to the cocktail’s aroma, prompting fans to ask for refills.

Add your favorite gin, white wine and Bubbly rosé to a wine glass filled with ice. Stir well.

Garnish the cocktail with lemon zest or rose petals and serve.

South Asian G&T

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If you want to take the classic Gin and Tonic up a notch, we recommend trying this version with Chinese medicinal ingredients like ginger and lemongrass. When mixed well, the mix gives a citrusy hue to G&T.

To prepare the drink you will also need gin, tonic water, bitters and ice.

Crumble ginger and lemongrass stalks into a glass to extract the signature flavor. Now add the bitters, gin and crushed ice and stir well. Top with tonic water and serve.

You can also garnish the drink with a lemon twist or fresh mint leaves.

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This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur

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